Mr. Jutras, a professional mineral exploration geologist, has 29 years experience in the exploration industry and has worked in over 15 countries on four continents, with numerous public companies including Placer Dome, Prism Resources, Golden Star Resources and Manson Creek Resources Ltd.
He was the President and a Director of Tyler Resources Inc. from 2001 until March 2008 when Tyler was taken over by Jinchuan Group Ltd. of China for Cdn $214 million. Mr. Jutras then remained as Feasibility Study Coordinator 2008 to 2010 for Tyler Resources Inc., post-takeover transaction. Mr. Jutras is also currently a Director and Vice-President of Canex Metals Inc.
In the late 1980’s while working in Northern British Colombia, Canada, Mr. Jutras had an opportunity to take some jade samples home from a mine visit which became the beginning of a parallel avocation to his mineral exploration career now spanning almost 30 years as a student and collector of jades from all over the world, gemstone carver, faceter and metalsmith. It was this parallel path which led to Mr. Jutras being invited to participate and compete for the first time as an International carver at the prestigious Zi Gang Bei Jade and Gemstone carving exhibition, Suzhou, Jiangsu Province in November of 2016 (and 2017), where he received a silver medal for one of his competition entries.
While in China, the scale of the changes in the Jade industry became obvious, leading to a one month research journey to some of the major jade carving centers and markets in China, leading the refocus and rebranding of Manson Creek Resources to Jade Leader Corp. as it enters the International Jade space and seeks to establish itself as a Leader in Jade exploration.